5 Tips for a Sexy, Toned Body
If you aren’t completely satisfied with the way you look, don’t just sit there and complain about it–do something. As a woman, nothing hurts your self-confidence more than feeling like you aren’t attractive, and nothing makes you feel more unattractive than being overweight.
If you want to get lean and build curves in all the right places, here’s how you can transform your body to make heads turn everywhere you go.
1) Lift weights
If you’re intimidated by weights, don’t be. Weightlifting is not just for men. In fact, most swimsuit models and fitness models incorporate some form of resistance exercise into their regular exercise routines. If you want to lose fat and get shapely, you should lift weights. Why? Muscle gives the body shape. Without it, you would look flat and shapeless. If you want toned thighs and calves, a firm and round butt, defined arms, and a tight midsection, you’ll need to build up some muscle in all those areas. Once you start adding muscle to your frame from lifting, you will increase your metabolism and boost the rate at which your body burns fat.
2) Eat more protein
Proper nutrition is essential for reaping the rewards of a hard workout. If you are lifting a lot, you’ll need to incorporate plenty of lean protein into your diet. Proteins are the building blocks of muscles, and you won’t be able to repair or gain muscle mass without getting enough of them through food. You can get a lot of high-quality protein from lean meats, fish and seafood, dairy foods, and legumes. If you don’t have the time to prepare proper meals, try a protein shake or bar supplement.
3) Try high-intensity cardio
If you want to get sexy and toned, you have to melt that outer fat away so your muscle show through. Cardiovascular exercise is great for the heart and good for burning fat, but it really hinders muscle building progress. Long-duration, low-intensity cardio is believed to be the most detrimental to your muscle gains. On the other hand, high-intensity cardio has very little effect on muscle building and burns even more calories in the long run. Stick to exercises like sprinting and cardio kickboxing for a brief and effective fat-burning session.
4) Sleep more
Your body needs to heal after all that physical stress, so rest is essential in maintaining health and repairing the muscles. If you don’t sleep enough, you will not only fail to gain muscle, you’ll lose some as well. A good number to shoot for is 8 hours a night.
Most women love to dance. Whether it’s actual dancing lessons, out at a cool bar or at a house party with friends, dancing is a fun and effective way to burn excess calories. If you’re the adventurous type, try pole dancing. The holds stimulate muscle growth, and the new moves are great for showing off your new body.
This article is written by the team at Orbit Fitness. They have the largest range of home gym equipment, exercise bikes and more. Family owned and operated.
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